Maryland 2, American 0



COLLEGE PARK, MD. -- The Maryland field hockey team, the No. 2 team in the nation and the No. 3 seed in the 2004 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, out shot No. 7 American University 25-1 and scored a 2-0 victory in todays NCAA second round action. The Terrapins will travel to Winston Salem, N.C. next weekend to face the winner of todays matchup between Wake Forest and Northeastern in the NCAA semifinals.

Sara Silvetti scored the eventual game-winner for the Terps 15:00 into the game, taking one of Marylands 10 penalty corners on the day (five in the first half) and burying it in the back of the American net. Emily Beach took a feed from pusher Janneke van Leeuwen on the play and set up Silvettis blast from the top of the AU circle, as both Terps got assists on the play. For Silvetti, a first-time All-ACC selection in 2004, it was her career-high eighth goal of the season.

Lauren Powley converted another Maryland penalty corner less than seven minutes later to give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead heading into the half. The junior midfielder rebounded a hard shot from the top of the circle by Silvetti and beat AU goalkeeper Allison Fayfich with a shot inside the left post.

Fayfich saved a season-high 12 of 25 Maryland shots (14 on goal). The 12 saves are one more than the previous season-best of 11, which came against No. 1 North Carolina (Sept. 5) and in the teams first meeting with Maryland (October 5).

No. 2 Maryland will now head to Winston Salem for its fifth NCAA semifinal appearance in six years. Last season, the Terps fell to Duke, 4-2, in the semis, and in 2001, the team made its most recent of its six NCAA finals appearance, falling to Michigan, 2-0. Maryland has captured three NCAA titles, with the last of those coming in 1999 when it defeated Michigan, 2-1, in the national championship game.

-- Courtesy Maryland